Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the Leicester Tigers recorded their own bit of history after winning a pulsating and absorbing game against French power houses Toulouse 9-5 over the weekend.
With the win, the record Premiership champions booked themselves a place in the quarter finals of the prestigious Heineken Cup where they will take on big spending French super powers Toulon away from home when the tournament resumes in April. Toby Flood scored three penalties which was enough for the home team to knock the record four time winners of the competition out from the group stages.
The occasion was just mesmeric as a packed Welford Road was witness to one of the greatest triumphs in the history of the club in sub zero temperatures as the snow continued to fall throughout the match. And Richard Cockerill, the Director of Rugby of the Leicester Tigers was extremely pleased and heaped praise on his wards for coming away with the brilliant win. According to Cockerill, people still talk about the match in which The Tigers overcame the odds to beat Toulouse at Welford Road back in 1997, adding that hopefully in 15 years’ time, people will be talking about their latest triumph as well.
He went on to state that all he can do was praise the players, who deserve every bit of the credit they get – it was all their hard work paying off and they just created their own little bit of history for the record Premiership champions.
Speaking about their next opponents, Cockerill stated that the Leicester Tigers would have preferred a home tie against them but the nature of their pool meant that just qualifying for the quarter finals was difficult, let alone fighting to finish at the top of the standings to stage a home game.